From Simon Saxomasaurus, Our Dear BitF Leader:
“My dear friends and Citizens, I am thrilled to announce that Burn In The Forest has finalized our new home at the Cheam Fishing Village, located on Cheam First Nation traditional lands near Agassiz, BC.
Representatives of the Cheam reached out to GVIAS in 2014 with the prospect of a new long term home; as it turns out, this was most timely, since our time at our old home at Squamish Valley Campground was reaching an end. I spoke to Ali at SVC this afternoon to convey our decision, which he understands completely based on the circumstances. He expressed his love, enjoyment, and fond memories of our wonderful partnership since 2009, and we part as strong friends. I look forward to many more visits to SVC in the future, on a smaller basis.
Our new location has a beautiful familiarity…picturesque mountains and beaches next to a vast mountain river, with a thousand burners merrily doing what we do on its banks. There are many new aspects to the space, and we look forward to describing some of them to you so you know some of what to expect, but more importantly we look forward to you experiencing them, and discovering the unknown, and making your own new traditions and memories at this site.
Our new hosts are very excited about our culture, and the prospective partnership that is possible. They are developing their property as an event space, and although there are many more profitable festivals out there, they have honed in on our Principles, our respect for the lands where we Burn, our gifting and participation and passion for what we do. As burners and artists, we look forward to the cross-cultural learning that will happen as we get to know each other and move forward together.
We now need you to breathe life into this spark and make it explode in flame! We need your art, your ideas, your volunteerism, and your energy…as you know, the Production only lays down the framework, but the Burn is you!
It took some doing, and a lot of hard work by a lot of people…and so I present to you…Burn In The Fraser!”